"Drift Peak"  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-24, By: dhagan
Info: Dry. 
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-17, By: Makbrad
Info: Mayflower Gulch Trailhead is one of my favorite training areas because of all the accessible peaks and routes. I did a hot lap on August 19; then returned September 12 to climb Drift for snow condition beta after the recent storm. In between this time a storm took down what I estimate to be over 20 trees down on the road blocking passage to the mine. This added significant time to the hike each way as you will have to hop over the trees to and from the mine. There is a couple of paths cuts down and around some of the larger uprooted trees. Wanted to share conditions as I don't know that they will clear the road before next spring. Photos attached. Full Trip Report: https://makbrad.com/13ers/drift-via-mayflower 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-27, By: mjflynn74
Info: There is one patch of snow left on the route -- right after the point of dark rock that runs from 13,500 to 13,600. It's not wide -- just ten feet or so -- but if you're taking the class 3 route over the dark rock like I did, there's a ten-foot drop straight onto the sloping snow. . . and at least today, after four days of rain freezing onto it, it was hard as a rock and icy-slick. I steered clear of it altogether on the return trip. On your ascent, if you stay left of the ridge crest at 13,450, well *before* you get to the dark rock, you can go beneath and around the snow. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-18, By: jbealer
Info: Since there has been no new report thought i would add one. snow was firm in the morning, 6am start. spikes were used on the assent, some great boot steps on the upper ridge. by noon i was postholing on the return down the mid section of the ridge in spots and then put snowshoes on to come down the last slope, the one filled with cornices that i traveled farther down towards the trees and kept them on for the road leading back to the parking lot. you could do with out if you don't mind sinking some, i carried the dang things up there so i put them on. about that cornice slope.... i went up the middle of it where there seemed to be old steps and did not see any melt activity below it, i decided once over it that i would not go back that way (soft snow by then). you can go far left and bypass them, or right which is how i came back. the cornices on the ridge seemed fine to me, right now, i did sink on the return some so watch where you walk. i found it to be a great day out, only hiker, everyone else was on skies. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-12-24, By: HikesInGeologicTime
Info: Trail is packed to the upper gate; snowshoes necessary after that. We ditched our snowshoes at the base of the first slope, and after that, it was plenty of sugar snow on scree. My buddy took a tumble on a south-facing slope near the ridgeline when a rock that had provided a good foothold going up rolled when he tried to use it again on the way back. He had some postholing along the ridge where there's serious potential for future cornices, though he crossed it and summited safely (I had to stop around 13k due to medical equipment issues). 
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-11-17, By: jibler
Info: Busted up this way fairly quickly yesterday - and was essentially all set to actual take the final steep section beyond the upper ridge. BUT wind blew cold and these hovering snow storms looked like weather I didn't want to be in. PLUS the ridge in photos took a bit longer to cross than anticipated - and I didn't want to cross it in foul weather either. AND crossing this snowy ridge was in fact a ton of fun - so I thought I would just take my time back across and take a ton of photos. IF there were any more snow - crossing would have been extremely complicated. As it was I had just my winter boots on - no poles no extra traction devices. (weather in fact did hold - if I was willing to put up with cold it coulda mine!) 
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Route: Fletcher+Drift Traverse
Posted On: 2019-10-04, By: jtfoss1
Info: A dusting of snow made some sections a little more difficult, but the most difficult parts got sunshine early on. We missed the bypass and added 45 minutes to our climb - once you get to the first descent from the saddle adjacent to Fletcher, you follow the path continuously to the notch to drop through, you don't head up the next point. Once you've crossed the gully, the climbing is difficult (for mortals like me at least) to regain the ridge. The rock is loose but doable. There are some sections of steep loose dirt, some that were covered in a thin layer of snow. 
 
Route: Fletcher+Drift Traverse
Posted On: 2019-09-23, By: supranihilest
Info: The approach through the basin above Blue Lakes is great and easy to follow. In the "middle basin", where all the big blocky cliffs are, trend climber's left instead of right. There's still a surprising amount of snow but all of it can be avoided by zig-zagging through the cliffs. In the upper basin I went for the "Drift"/Fletcher saddle to do "Drift" first. This was straight forward and not that loose. Finding the down climb to cross the gully (where the old mining eyebolt is) was easy. After that, however, is when things got serious. The Class 3 climbing up the white rock was quite heady and steep. I thought it harder than Class 3, personally; there was a huge amount of route finding, much of the rock was loose and/or slabby with poor hand/footholds, and every ledge was covered in dirt/scree/gravel that made things sketchy. I didn't climb all the way to the ridge crest by going up climber's left as shown in the route description, as the rock got VERY loose in what I assumed to be the correct final gully/chimney, so I down climbed and took a rather low angle (nearly flat, actually) slab around a corner. This was incredibly exposed but easy. From there the route returned to Class 2, but be careful, the blocks on the west side of the ridge are large and loose. Returning the way I came up was not nearly as difficult as getting up it in the first place. 
 
Route: Fletcher+Drift Traverse
Posted On: 2019-06-04, By: CoulKurt
Info: Snow begins 20 feet from lot. Upper basin holding tons of snow still. Evidence of wet slides everywhere. But in from the top for sure. Ski out was nice at 930 am. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-05-27, By: screeman57
Info: Tons of snow up Mayflower Gulch. Mainly Winter condish above 12,500 feet. Lots of wind slab, very little spring consolidation. Upper ridge is snow covered, with options for rock-hopping if you like icy rocks... Several skiers dropped into the NW bowl and reported good skiing. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-03-16, By: Scary_Canary
Info: I wanted to make another attempt on this one, it's been in my mind for a while. As of today, I still have not tasted that sweet victory of this ever elusive summit. However, it was still a super fun conditions scouting trip. Very early on, I was starting to observe many, very concerning signs all around the mayflower gulch area. Fresh, recent avys EVERYWHERE, and I noticed some wumpfing in spots when I tried to take the shortcut up to gold hill, I didn't take the shortcut long. I had to go to the mine buildings and up the ski slope to get to the top of gold hill...that was an interesting feat. There was a lip you had to get over that proved very difficult. I had to use my shovel to dig myself a solid spot to put my knee and soften the angle a little, the adze on my axe just wasnt working what so ever. I used my axe as an anchor to pull myself up and was finally victorious! From there, I could see slide paths all over mayflower hill, and a very scary one on Atlantic's shoulder that was right above where the trail takes you around to the north side of the shoulder. I would say Atlantic peak is nothing short of a death trap at the moment. And to be honest, that entire area is pretty scary for anyone venturing onto or near any incline at all off the beaten path. The ridge to drift wasnt in terrible condition. Not good either. But there were a few areas of concern on the final saddle, and a snow band towards the top that I didnt trust traversing, especially after everything I saw, felt and heard today. Last pic is of a massive debris pile from avy near last saddle of the ridge on clinton res side. I stuck around on the ridge for some time just soaking in the beautiful views, before heading back towards my car. There was ZERO wind, all day. Man was that a nice changeup. This mountain is strangely magnetic, and with an odd temper. One day. But not today Satan. Not today. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-01-14, By: Giant hills
Info: Attempted drifts "villa ridge" route from mayflower gulch trailhead. From T.H to junction was packed snow no need for flotation. We took the junction mentioned in previous report that is about .75 miles up the road on the right side can't miss it. There is a nice trench all the way to the base of drift. This dodges the avy terrian on the summer route and takes you up to the top of gold hill. snowshoes are necessary until the base of drift. On top of gold hill we heard and felt about 2-3 large/loud woomfs in the snow pack. Luckily we were on safe ground. Once at the base of drifts ridge it was variable snow to gain the ridge and steep. I ditched the snowshoes and used the axe and kicked steps. 2 others used snow shoes with axe. There was some rocks sticking out not much but made it a little easier. One spot gaining the ridge were there was loaded snow that took a tad bit of caution but nothing to major. Once on the ridge it was variable snow and large cornices. Not to much rock showing at times so stayed right as possible but not to far. It was pretty easy to still tell where you were. I used micro spikes and got by but crampons wouldve been better in spots. We were stopped at the sight were the cornices switched directions from hanging over left of ridge proper they went right and had to cross a spot were the ridge wasnt really visible just snow and a cornice. couldn't tell how far it stretched out. The Corniced areas ahead didn't look very stable and fresh avy on the right hand side of the ridge underneath them. with this and the "woomfs" we heard earlier,as hard as it was we called it. Def going to go back in more stable conditions super beautiful/fun route. 
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Route: N.W. ridge variation
Posted On: 2019-01-05, By: Scary_Canary
Info: Another perfect day on the mountain! Some quality time with me, myself and I. Sunny, blue skies, and no wind to speak of hardly.... But not for long! I did a little ascent up gold hill instead of the normal summer route. Still able to get to the first bump of the mountain to gain the ridge. But a little...a lot more solitude instead of dealing with the hoards and their dogs on the mining road from mayflower, especially on descent. There's a little fork you can take a right at about 1/2 mile up from mayflower gulch TH. Its not hard to find, or follow, and takes you to the base of Drift. See picture. You'll probably want snowshoes going up and down gold hill, but thats the only time I used them. I had some stuff come up, I had to be back in town earlier than expected, so I didnt summit. But wanted to see how far I could get. And barely made it back in time still Haha. I did make it to the final saddle before the last huge talus climb to the end, and I'll say even up to there was a really fun climb! Definitely worth checking out. I had a greeting party of about 7 mountain goats before I turned around on the saddle, 1 was watching me for as long as he could see me. Made sure to keep my distance. The initial push up the first talus hill is a bit steep with lots of unconsolidated snow to sink into. It sucked. Just be very sure of your foothold first, the rock and snow is very loose in spots. It does get much better along the rest of the ridge however. Then another...fun...talus hill for the last push to the summit. TONS of cornices, massive ones, along the the entire ridge. They were quite cool actually. Best part, they are all completely avoidable to stay out of any trouble. There is plenty of bare ground, and areas of rock poking through the snow to determine you are on solid ground. Crampons were pretty necessary in some parts along the ridge, my microspikes were of no help at all, they did not bite. I felt way more solid after switching out. Axe stayed on my backpack. I dont think it would help either honestly. There were no steep dropoffs or slopes that really warranted it. Just tons of F'ing rock. Dont slip. It'll hurt, yes. But I dont suspect you'd go toooo far. Hike down wasn't too bad, just had to be careful again of the footing descending the talus hills. 
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Route: Fletcher+Drift Traverse
Posted On: 2018-07-26, By: HikerGuy
Info: No snow on traverse from Fletcher to Drift. 
 
Route: Fletcher+Drift Traverse
Posted On: 2018-06-13, By: Trotter
Info: Lots of snow between fletcher and drift. Wasn't a problem until just after the ring/bolt, during the gully bypass. Snow/hard ice and wet rocks are a serious issue here. The "white rock" is almost completely covered, had to make several class 4 moves to get around to the north side, where ascent back to the ridge was possible. Also, rock was surprisingly loose, test your holds. 
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Route: Fletcher+Drift Traverse
Posted On: 2017-07-17, By: ihan
Info: Route finding was easy. The only challenge in the traverse was the crux, which seemed to be at least class 4. In a somewhat experienced group of 6, none of us could find a line that would be class 3 for the down-climb. There was little stable rock and the dirt was not "sticky" enough to be helpful. After leaving Drift, there were many areas on the saddle past the notch where one could descend. Lots of snowfields in the basin, but they were either easily avoidable or short and shallow. 
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Route: Fletcher+Drift Traverse
Posted On: 2017-07-01, By: yaktoleft13
Info: Did the traverse from Fletcher to Drift. I was able to avoid snow the entirety of the traverse. Most importantly, the crux climb is completely dry, which allows you to pick the line that best suits you. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2017-06-16, By: Count40
Info: Pictures from Mayflower Hill. Again, you can see the pics, but briefly: road to Boston Mine not passable yet with ordinary 4WD, snow up to the ridge, and bunch of cornices along the ridge. Old skier's tracks visible coming down from mid-portion of the ridge. What you do not have in these photos is the south side of the ridge, which, as easily seen from hwy 91 by Clinton Gulch Reservoir, is dry. Hope this helps. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2017-05-30, By: JtheChemE
Info: Bootpack installed up the ridge. Wore crampons as I was up there at first light, snowshoes unnecessary, great supportive spring condition snow. Continuous snow to the TH. NW face of Drift tracked out, west couloir to Fletcher/Drift also skied. A skier triggered small wet avalanche coming off of Drift's NW Ridge around ~1. Left small digital camera on tree stump almost to gold hill. Went back up this AM to retrieve, found a single uphill skin track. If you are the skier that found the camera, please shoot me a message, thanks! 
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2017-05-12, By: Built-to-Last
Info: Climbed route and skied NW Face, snow was okay, we all took skiers left exit and once past the initial part was good, skied all the way back to car. 

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